Class of 2016 Salutatorian: An Interview with Samantha Wilmot

Samantha Wilmot is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2016 and will graduate with a GPA of 3.99 and top academic honors.  Here she reflects on her experience as a high school student at Annapolis.  Congratulations Samantha from all of us at Annapolis Christian Academy!  May God richly bless you!

Please briefly tell us where you were born, grew up, and any hobbies or interests you are passionate about.

I was born in Corpus Christi, and, being part of a military family, lived in many different places, before being stationed in Corpus Christi once again in 2010. I’m very passionate about my art, the Annapolis track team, and reading non-fiction books.

What has been your biggest challenge during your high school years at Annapolis?

My biggest challenge at Annapolis has been stress management; it’s still hard for me to see projects in manageable chunks, rather than the mountains they seem.

What has been your most memorable experience while attending High School at Annapolis?

My most memorable experience here is probably joking around with my friends in Geometry while Mr. Smith tried to get us to pay attention by including the strangest anecdotes in his lectures; he once went on a rabbit trail to teach us about pressure cookers on mountains.

What is the most important thing you learned while attending Annapolis?

The most important thing I believe I have learned at Annapolis is a worldview that truly explains the way the world and the people in it work and relate to the Lord.

What will you miss the most when you graduate from Annapolis?

I will miss the community the most when I leave. It’s comforting to walk across campus and know everyone you see, even if only in name

What was your favorite book read while attending Annapolis and why?

My favorite book to read was Pascal’s Pensées, a book we read in 11th grade. I really enjoyed this book because of the simple logic and eye-opening truth that Pascal teaches. As Peter Kreeft says in his introduction to the Pensées: “They are too lively, too alive, to be contained in a book.”

Do you have any regret or thing you wish you had done while attending Annapolis?

Perhaps the only regret I have is not taking advantage of my resources here sooner. The teachers here are wellsprings of information, advice, and wisdom that they truly desire to give to their students, and the curriculum, sports program, and art program teach an amazing work ethic, if you’re willing to learn. My regret is not being willing to learn sooner.

What are your plans after you graduate from Annapolis?

After graduating, I plan to attend Texas A&M University as a mechanical engineering major.

What are your top three goals in life?

My top three goals would be to contribute to the engineering field in a big way, raise a family, and travel around the world.

What parting words of wisdom / advice would you give to other Annapolis students?

I would tell the students of Annapolis that what they do matters; the things they do every day, whether good or bad, are making them into who they will be, so make good habits.